A Mother Showing Her Weeping Son His Shoe of Switches

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A Mother Showing Her Weeping Son His Shoe of Switches


Cornelis Troost (Dutch, 1696 - 1750)




Netherlands (Place created)




Black chalk and gray wash, heightened with white on gray-brown paper


39.2 × 23.6 cm (15 7/16 × 9 5/16 in.)

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Cornelis Troost built his reputation on delightful depictions of everyday life. This drawing captures a poignant moment during a celebration of the feast of Saint Nicholas (Sinterklaas), a Dutch holiday. Troost depicted a displeased boy who receives switches in his shoes instead of gifts and candy.

before 1843

Unknown [sold, Rotterdam, October 18, 1843, lot A62, to Hoogeway.]

before 1845 - 1847

Baron Johan Gijsbert Verstolk van Soelen, 1776 - 1845 [sold, Baron Johan Gijsbert Verstolk van Soelen sale, Amsterdam, March 22, 1847, lot T620 to Cornelius Francois Roos, Jr.]

by 1867

Unknown [sold, Amsterdam, November 4, 1867, lot 43, to Jonkers.]

before 1874

William Mayor, British, died 1874

before 1938 - 1949

Maurice Delacre, Belgian, 1862 - 1938 [sold, Gutekunst and Klipstein, Berne, June 21-22, 1949, lot 688, to Jeffrey Whitehead, London.]

by 1956

Unknown [sold, Munich, April 17-18, 1956, lot 189, to presumably by the stepfather of the most recent private owner, thence by decent.]

Drawing Life: The Dutch Visual Tradition (November 24, 2009 to February 28, 2010)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 24, 2009 to February 28, 2010